My 4yo DD does not like swimming (getting her head in the water) but she does love to lounge around in my parents pool. She didn't want to go back to swimming lessons but she is starting up again next week. I told her tough - if she wants to be around pools this summer, she HAS to be comfortable in the water. That made her ok with it but made a comment that really made me sad.
She asked if other kids will be in the class and when I told her there would, she said she thought she looked funny in a bathing suit...WHAT?!?! I want to preface that she never watches tv shows with us that's not kid appropriate and I never never never talk about any "body issues" because I do not want her to adopt that mode of thinking. Its funny because she goes to gymnastics and has no qualms whatsoever about parading around in her leotard.
I had no idea how to respond to her but I told her that everyone's body is built differently and that's the beauty of it - that its your body and no one has one just like it! That bodies come in many different sizes and shapes and to be proud of the one you have. Not to mention 4 year olds are too young to be worrying about things like that! Did I say the right thing! She just said OK and started talking about other random things. BTW she is actually pretty slender and is true to her size (4).